Saturday, 7 December 2013

You Can't Take It With You

This week, the deck I'll be showing is neither a Tarot nor a Lenormand!  It's been a while since that was the case :)  Instead, we have the beautiful, 34-card Oracle of Proverbs by fellow TABI member Delphi Sutherland.  This deck comes with wonderful, large cards to show off the gorgeous artwork, and a proverb at the bottom of each card.  It also has a nice LWB, which gives a brief introduction to working with the cards, a short meaning for each, and suggestions of related proverbs and other meanings, which is a nice touch.

As for today's card, we have You Can't Take It With You.  A figure carries a huge sack over his shoulder, which appears to be torn at the bottom, allowing glittering gold and jewels to tumble out.  He looks at us slyly from the corner of his eye, unaware of his loss, and smug about his wealth.  The landscape he walks through is a stony, yet colourful riverbank or mountain lake.  Across the water from him, snow-capped mountains rise up into the light, one of which has a steep staircase cut into it.  The suggestion, then, is that he can't cross the water and climb the stairs, burdened as he is with the heavy sack of material wealth.

Of course, the proverb itself is normally used in the context if death: material wealth acquired in this life won't benefit us once we're dead.  Yet, it also opens up the question of non-attachment in this lifetime.  Can we reach spiritual enlightenment while burdened with everyday concerns?

Ha, this is a rather pointed card on this, the third Saturday before Christmas.  Certainly, my plans for the day include some Christmas shopping.  Yet, this brings to mind a theme which James Ricklef, amongst other spiritual writers, has brought up more than once: it isn't having material possessions, it's how you feel about them that can block you from illumination.  Not that I think I've developed my non-attachment to tarot and oracle decks sufficiently, yet, but still... :D

I am grateful for the reminder that experiences are worth more than objects.


  1. This is a difficult subject.I think as long as your enjoy your things is is okay,but when you need them to feel good or have to buy more to feel better than that can tip the scales. It will always be difficult since we are by nature gatherers ±'

    1. I hadn't thought about that aspect. Storing up what we gather to get us through hard times is definitely a survival trait, and yet when you see insane hoarders who can no longer do anything for the piles of stuff around them, it's definitely tipped the other way!